Aran Pullover

March 2002
DK (11 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in seed stitch on larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
428 - 856 yards (391 - 783 m)
3, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 months
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Summary:  Aran pullover for babies, with buttons at neckline for easy dressing.


  • 428 (535, 535, 642, 749, 856) yds. yarn
  • cable needle
  • 2 stitch holders
  • T-pins
  • yarn needle
  • four 1/2-inch buttons

Chart included:  Aran cables.

From Knitting for BabyThe exact origin of the Aran pullover is not known.  There is convincing evidence that this heavily textured sweater, always a cable showcase, was born in the early to mid-20th century in Ireland as an outgrowth of traditional fisherman's gansey knitting and as a means of generating export income for knitters living on the Aran Islands.  Today, the term Aran is used loosely to describe nearly any cabled sweater.  Our adaptation of the Aran tradition combines real and mock cables with seed stitch and buttons at the shoulder to make dressing and undressing easy.